Of Virginia Library Acquires Historic Cabell Family Papers And Creates
Web Site Highlighting The Collection
April 22, 2002-- The University
of Virginia Library has acquired the papers of Joseph Carrington
Cabell, a 19th-century Board of Visitors member and rector of the
University, as well as a planter, political leader and statesman.
Cabell papers come to the University Library partly through purchase
and partly through gift. In the early 20th century, Joseph Hartwell
Cabell placed the Cabell papers in the library for safekeeping.
From that time until his death in 1948, he continued to deposit
materials relating to Joseph Carrington Cabell and the Cabell family.
The University recently purchased this unique collection of 6,500
items held on deposit from the estate of Joseph Hartwell Cabell.
In addition, Robert Self, great-grandson of Hartwell Cabell and
administrator of his estate, has given the library 4,200 items of
the correspondence of Joseph Carrington Cabell and other family
Cabell papers form one of the most comprehensive looks at education,
politics, economics, and social and family life in 19th-century
Virginia and the United States," said Michael Plunkett, director
of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.
Cabell Papers (ca. 1731-1917) consist of correspondence, diaries,
account books, financial and legal papers, and other material. They
are chiefly the papers of Joseph Carrington Cabell (1778-1856).
However, there is considerable material generated by other members
of the Cabell family, including William Cabell, William D. Cabell,
Nathaniel Francis Cabell, Mayo Cabell, Joseph L. Cabell and Philip
papers include documents regarding the founding and early years
of the University. Prominent correspondents include John Quincy
Adams, John Hartwell Cocke, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James
Monroe, John Singleton Mosby, Thomas Jefferson Randolph and George
papers shed light on life in 19th-century Virginia and on the politics
of the period (Joseph C. Cabell, who lived in a part of Amherst
County that now is in Nelson County, served in the state legislature
for nearly 30 years). In addition, they contain details about agriculture,
slavery, social life, travels in England, France, Holland, and Italy
from 1802-1806, and about the Cabell family itself.
Cabell papers are cataloged in VIRGO, the online catalog of the
University Library. They are available for study in the Albert and
Shirley Small Special Collections Library and will move to the new
Special Collections building soon to be constructed.
member Randolph Cabell of Clarke County has provided funds to establish
an endowment that will improve access to and help preserve the Cabell
family papers. The library is producing a guide to the collection
and a Web site that contains digitized images of selected historical
items from the papers. An ever-evolving work in progress, the Web
site, located at http://www.lib.virginia.edu/speccol/cabell, contains
a database of bibliographic references of Cabell holdings across
the state, as well as biographical and historical information about
prominent members of the Cabell family, including William Cabell,
Mary Cabell Horsley, Nicholas Cabell, and Joseph Carrington Cabell.
Collections houses the University's many outstanding collections
of rare books and manuscripts. The primary focus of these collections
is American history and literature ‹ in particular, the Tracy W.
McGregor Library of American History, the Clifton Waller Barrett
Library of American Literature, and the Paul Mellon Americana Collection.
Among the treasures to be found in Special Collections are: Thomas
Jefferson papers and his architectural drawings of the University
of Virginia, one of 25 known copies of the first printing of the
Declaration of Independence, and the largest single collection of
William Faulkner editions, manuscripts, and personal papers. For
more information, visit the Web site: http://www.lib.virginia.edu/speccol
or call (434) 924-3025.
Melissa Cox Norris, (434) 924-4254